L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Says 70 Employees Tested Positive for COVID-19

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported today that 70 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, along with 115 jail inmates.

According to statistics released Thursday morning, 222 employees are currently quarantined, and 859 have returned to work.

In the jail system, 3,201 inmates have been quarantined and 178 have been isolated. Of the 115 inmates who tested positive, 68 remain in custody in isolation; 45 remain in custody but they have recovered; and two were released from custody after having testing positive, sheriff's officials said.

According to the sheriff's department, isolation is defined as being for “individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher and are exhibiting symptoms of an upper respiratory infection,” while quarantine is for “individuals who have had close contact of 10 minutes or more with a person currently under observation.”

All inmates in isolation have either tested positive, or have been tested and officials are awaiting results.

More information is available on the department's coronavirus updates page, https://lasd.org/covid19updates.

Photo: LASD

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